Obama Designates San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument


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backpacking angeles national forest

For the past 4 years, the San Gabriel Mountains stole my heart. Its no wonder they are now designating it as a National Monument. On October 10, President Obama set aside 346,000 acres of the San Gabriels to declare a National Monument in effort to link communities east of Los Angeles with the wild. With the San Gabriels lying in the Angeles National forest in Los Angeles county, this gives communities access to hiking, camping fly fishing, cycling, and panning for gold- all of which will not be affected. The monument boasts Alpine peaks and several endangered animals such as the California Condor, Nelson Bighorn sheep, and mountain yellow-legged frogs. As a national monument, the San Gabriels will honor existing property and water rights, public access and rights-of-way for roads and utility infrastructure, administration officials said.

Camping: 9 Ways to Transition from Summer to Fall


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transition from summer to fall

9 Ways to Transition from Summer to Fall

As summer is coming to an end, its time to put our bathing suits away and bust out the warmer sleeping bags to prepare for camping in the Fall. With cooler weather, shorter daylight, and more sight seeing, here are 9 ways to transition from Summer to Fall:

Experience warmer climates- Camping in the desert may be too extreme the summer but with the temperature dropping, Spring and Fall are the ultimate seasons to go camping in warmer climates.

Sip hot cocoa-Cooler weather means colder nights and what better way to warm up than with hot cocoa around the campfire!

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11 Signs You Had a Memorable Camping Trip


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Active- memorable camping trip

I recently wrote an article for Active.com- 11 Signs You Had a Memorable Camping Trip- see the full article here! Can you add to my list? Continue reading

Review: Let’s Go Kiddo- Kid’s Harness


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Let's Go Kiddo- Ki'ds harness

Photo courtesy of http://www.kiddogear.com

At first, I was not a fan of putting kids on leashes. I think hand holding is efficient enough BUT… I don’t have kids so who am I to judge. I received the Let’s Go Kiddo kid’s harness to review and even though I don’t have kids, I was up for the challenge of “borrowing” a niece, nephew, or friend’s kid and testing this out. Continue reading

Lake Cuyamaca


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Lake Cuyamaca Cover

A couple weeks ago, we went fishing at Lake Cuyamaca in east San Diego county in Julian. Lake Cuyamaca is surrounded by the 26,000 acre Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Lake Cuyamaca is a 110 acre lake that offers fishing, boating, camping, duck hunting, bird watching, picnicking, and special event hosting. We had a great time and even caught some Trout and Blue Gill! Continue reading

Bushnell Bear Grylls SolarWrap Mini USB Charger


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Bushnell Bear Grylls SolarWrap Mini USB Charger

I’m typically an advocate for leaving electronics at home while hitting the outdoors but if you must…. here is a little gem my friend introduced me to: Bushnell Bear Grylls SolarWrap Mini USB Charger. This little guy can charge your smartphone, MP3 player, or any item that charges from a USB power source Here’s how it works: Continue reading

Orangetheory Fitness Review


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Orange Theory Fitness


That is what you will hear waiting outside of the workout room in the Point Loma lobby, watching sweaty, fellow OTFer’s exiting post-workout with big smiles on their faces thinking “Damn, I feel good!” If you haven’t heard of Orangetheory Fitness then get ready to be motivated! Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) is a workout regimen targeting different zones of your heart rate to get the ultimate results using the treadmill, rowing machine, free-weights, and good ol’ body weight! Here is how Orangetheory describes the philosophy behind it: Continue reading


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